Nashville, TN – The national organization of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) praised President Joe Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee on Friday and said that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “has the temperament, intellect, legal experience, and family background to have earned this appointment.”
President Biden nominated Jackson on Feb. 25, fulfilling his promise to nominate a black woman to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Supreme Court Associated Justice Stephen Breyer, NBC News reported.
“For too long our government, our courts, haven’t looked like America,” the President said at a press conference announcing Jackson’s nomination. “I believe it’s time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation.”
In her nomination acceptance speech, Jackson was quick to point out that she comes from a family with a strong legacy in law enforcement.
She said that after college, her younger brother served as an undercover police officer and detective in a drug-sting unit in Baltimore Police Department before he left law enforcement to join the U.S. Army, and then he went on to serve two tours in the Middle East.
Then Jackson explained a little more about her family’s background.
“You may have read that I have one uncle who got caught up in drug trade and received a life sentence. That is true,” the nominee said. “But law enforcement also runs in my family. In addition to my brother, I had two uncles who served decades as police officers, one of whom became police chief in my hometown of Miami, Florida.”
Two of Jackson’s uncles were career law enforcement officers in southern Florida, according to the FOP press release endorsing her nomination.
Miami Police Chief Calvin Ross rose up through the ranks of the Miami Police Department and served as top cop in that city in the 1990s, according to the Miami Herald.
Jackson’s other uncle was a sex crimes detective for Miami-Dade County police.
With such a legacy in law enforcement, the FOP said the Supreme Court nominee “should know quite well the difficulties and dangers our officers face in the line of duty every single day.”
But the FOP pointed out that Jackson hasn’t always ruled in a manner that aligns with a pro-law enforcement stance.
“We all approach domestic policy issues from our own points of view and life experiences,” the FOP said. “Therefore, when President Obama tapped Judge Jackson to be a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, where she led efforts to reduce mandatory minimums and to retroactively apply sentencing for certain drug crimes, we were not always in total accord with her views.”
“The FOP testified before the Commission on several occasions voicing our concerns with some of the proposals under consideration; however, we remained very much engaged on the issue of sentencing reform and with all of the stakeholder groups,” the press release continued. “In large part, because of this engagement and good faith efforts by all of the groups and individuals involved, including Judge Jackson and the FOP, we reached important compromises which ultimately resulted in the passage of the historic First Step Act that was signed into law by President Trump. The FOP has found that collaboration works far better than confrontation.”
Then the national organization representing police unions across the country paid President Biden’s nominee a compliment.
“From our analysis of Judge Jackson’s record and some of her cases, we believe she has considered the facts and applied the law consistently and fairly on a range of issues. There is little doubt that she has the temperament, intellect, legal experience, and family background to have earned this appointment,” the FOP said.
“We are reassured that, should she be confirmed, she would approach her future cases with an open mind and treat issues related to law enforcement fairly and justly,” the press release read. “We wish her well as the confirmation process begins.”
National FOP backs Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson:
"She has considered the facts and applied the law consistently and fairly on a range of issues. There is little doubt that she has the temperament, intellect, legal experience, and family background to have earned this appointment."
— Brian Taff (@briantaff6abc) February 25, 2022
Jackson was born in Washington, DC but grew up mostly in southern Florida where her father was an attorney for the Miami-Dade School Board and her mother was a high school principal.
She credited watching her father’s transition from teacher to attorney when she was small with inspiring her, the Miami Herald reported.
“Some of my earliest memories are of him sitting at the kitchen table, reading his law books. I watched him study, and he became my first professional role model,” she recalled.
President Biden appointed Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 2021, the Miami Herald reported.
Her nomination enjoyed bipartisan support in the form of three confirmation votes from GOP senators.
However, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), one of her supporters for the federal Appeals Court, criticized Jackson’s nomination to the highest court in the land, the Miami Herald reported.
“If media reports are accurate, and Judge Jackson has been chosen as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Breyer, it means the radical Left has won President Biden over yet again,” Graham tweeted the day she was nominated.